‘Real Housewives of New York’ Star Bethenny Frankel Defends ‘Homeless’ Comments (Video)

“If I filter and edit, then you would never like me,” the SkinnyGirl mogul says on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live”

“Real Housewives of New York” star Bethenny Frankel responded to critics who chastised her over her “homeless” remark from the Season 7 premiere of the Bravo reality series.

During an interview with Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live,” a caller asked Frankel to take back the comments, claiming they were insensitive.

The SkinnyGirl mogul responded by saying, “I said I was the ‘wealthiest homeless person.’ It was a pun. I don’t actually think I’m homeless.”

Frankel also said her bluntness is what has endeared her to fans. “The truth is, I say things and that’s why I was put on the show. If I filter and edit, then you would never like me.”

“I have money, but I’ve gone through a very personal and difficult situation, in not having any stability, or consistency or a room that’s regular for my daughter,” Frankel said of her divorce from Jason Hoppy. “This is my situation and no matter how many Benjamins I have my pain is just as real as [the caller’s].”

The April 7 season premiere of “RHONY,” which saw Frankel return to the Bravo reality series after leaving to pursue other ventures, enjoyed a sizable ratings boost over last season’s debut, and helped push the network to its best Tuesday of the year.

The “Real Housewives of New York City” season premiere drew 2.2 million total viewers, a 22 percent jump over the previous season premiere last March, according to Live 3 Day numbers.

In the 18-49 demographic most important to advertisers, the “Real Housewives of New York City” season premiere drew 1.2 million total viewers — also a 22 percent climb.

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